Do You Know Where Your Medicine Comes From?

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 11:11 AM
February 19, 2014

Fake-Pfizer-pill    Shamefully most Americans trust their doctors, hospitals and the medical system so much, that they seldom ask questions, especially about the source of the pills prescribed for them to get better.  Not good!  Because if they asked, they might find out that those medicines were made in India, China or Mexico!

Congressman John Dingell, senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has been trying to open Americans’ eyes to the truth about prescription medicine for years.  When people know, they can then influence other Congressmen to join him.  For instance Mr. Dingell points out to CNN News:

1) 40% of the drugs and 80% of drug ingredients are from overseas, especially from China and India;  2) The United States has no system to monitor counterfeit or contaminated drugs; 3) People assume the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates those medicines, but they do not!

The Congressman avows:  “I support the global marketplace, but we must be aware that without the proper enforcement of quality standards, the trust we put in the safety of the prescriptions we take can be broken at any time by a supplier in China, a counterfeiter in India or an importer from Thailand.”

He says the FDA does not have authority to monitor drugs for safety or to require notification if pharmaceuticals are suspected unsafe.  U.S. manufacturers face inspection every two years, but those overseas are scheduled every nine years.

Roger Bate of American Enterprise Institute adds: 1) “. . . countries such as India are increasingly exporting potentially dangerous low-cost, off-patent drugs overseas;” 2) By substituting cheaper ingredients and avoiding “good manufacturing practices,” these countries produce substandard medicine;  3)   The U.S. Customs & Border Protection now seizes more counterfeit drugs than ever.

Bate says in 2013, after discovering exploding numbers of falsifying data about the quality of medicines, the FDA Dangers-of-counterfeit-prescription-drugs-MCF3H58-x-largeissued warning letters to companies in Mexico, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, India and Canada about the quality of “pharmaceutical ingredients, over-the-counter solutions, and injectables.”  He also points out that generic drugs are the most susceptible to poor quality ingredients.

Of horrible tragedy he writes: “ . . . when an inferior (allergenic) product was substituted for raw heparin by a Chinese producer, it fooled routine tests at the US manufacturer. Only after 149 Americans died was a new complex test developed to screen the counterfeit. Alas, products made by US companies with ingredients from India, China, or other emerging markets also pose risks.”

Need another example?  A supposedly respected India company, Ranbaxy, have been under FDA’s suspicions for some time, especially after glass particles were found in their medicine, and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. company in league with Ranbaxy blamed the FDA. One more thing:  India’s government insists the standards of their country’s medicines are as high as those in the U.S.

Three last things:  1) When medicines are needed, do not buy them on-line.  More than likely those are counterfeit. Some Americans travel to Canada to get less expensive name-brand medical products; and 2) Shouldn’t American medicines be made by Americans?  Don’t we need jobs here at home?  Dah!!!

3) If Americans cannot trust medicines physicians prescribe, it is time that they turn to Jesus, The Great Physician.  As Christian calendars promise:  “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2: 24).”

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